Kellyanne Conway responded Friday to a statement by the parents of Otto Warmbier (warm-BEER') that "Kim and his evil regime are responsible" for the 22-year-old OH man's death in 2017 soon after his release after 17 months of captivity. "No excuses or lavish praise can change that", a statement from Fred and Cindy Warmbier read.
The president added that he and Kim spoke about Warmbier during their meetings, and Kim said "he felt badly" about his death.
Mr Trump said Mr Cohen "lied a lot" during testimony but insisted he had told the truth when he said there had been "no collusion" with Russian Federation. The U.S. intelligence community believes Putin and MBS to be responsible in those respective crimes, but Trump has made it clear that he rejects the findings of his own administration in favor of the word of authoritarian rulers.
Trump had railed against the Kim regime for its treatment of Warmbier and he invited Warmbier's parents to attend the 2018 State of the Union address as guests of the first lady.
North Korea has denied mistreating Warmbier.
Prominent Republicans on Thursday did not share Trump's acceptance of Kim's word, including close Trump ally U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, who said he didn't "buy it for a minute".
The North's main Rodong Sinmun newspaper also carried detailed reports on Thursday's talks, filling its entire front page with an article and a series of photos showing Kim and Trump smiling and shaking hands, but it didn't mention that the talks failed to produce a formal agreement.
Shortly before this, the U.S. had a President Donald Trump, and North Korea's ruler, Kim Jong-Un their talks in Hanoi in advance and break down without agreement.
"Great to be back from Vietnam, an fantastic place", tweeted the president, who returned home late Thursday.
"It's one of the reasons I hope we can get back so we can put some definition around that", he said.
"I support the president's effort to denuclearize them, but I do not have a misbelief of who this leader is", he said, speaking of Kim. Warmbier died a year ago shortly after he was released in a coma. North Korea, which has previously tried to explain Warmbier's death as being caused by botulism, did not participate in the case. He was arrested by the North Korean authorities for taking a propaganda banner from a hotel he was staying at and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
The Korean Central News Agency also said the summit served as an important chance to deepen mutual respect and trust.
White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway clarified in an interview Friday on Fox News, however, that the president agrees with the family and holds North Korea "responsible".
The Warmbiers issued their statement two months after a USA federal judge awarded them $500 million in their wrongful death lawsuit against North Korea - a lawsuit in which they said Kim's regime had "brutally tortured and murdered" their 22-year-old son.